No. 1 Middle Creek 54, Athens Drive 0: The Mustangs (5-0, 2-0 Southwest Wake 4A) were led by Dominique Shoffner with two passing touchdowns and one rushing score. Running backs DeAndre Jones added two rushing touchdowns, and Brandon Wilson, Rye Julson, and Andrew Ihle had one apiece. The Jaguars (1-5, 1-2) had three turnovers and were led by running back Isaiah Henderson, who had 56 yards on 19 rushes.
No. 2 Wake Forest 35, Broughton 0: The Cougars (5-0, 1-0 Cap-8 4A) were led by Marquis Dunn’s two rushing touchdowns and two passing scores from Chris James as they shut out the Capitals (2-3, 0-1). Devon Lawrence had the other Wake Forest score.
No. 3 Pinecrest 45, Word of God 0: The Patriots (6-0) held the Holy Rams (1-4) to just five first downs and 39 yards of total offense.
No. 4 Garner 49, East Wake 0: The Trojans (5-1, 2-0, Greater Neuse 4A) got 108 rushing yards and three scores from Collin Eaddy as they rolled past East Wake (2-4, 0-2). Fullback Anthony Stephenson added a pair of touchdowns, including a 36-yard run for the Trojans’ first score.
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No. 5 Heritage 21, Leesville Road 0: The Huskies (5-0, 1-0 Cap-8 4A) held Leesville Road (2-3, 0-1) to minus-18 yards rushing on the game. Nose tackle Maui Garchitorena had an interception for touchdown as did Jalen Pittman.
No. 6 Orange 49, Southern Durham 7: The Panthers (6-0, 1-0 Big 8 3A) handed Southern (2-4, 0-1) its worst defeat since 2012 and it was the first time Orange has beaten the Spartans since the two became conference foes four years ago. Payton Wilson had a 59-yard punt return and a 43-yard interception return.
No. 7 Hillside 62, East Chapel Hill 7: The Hornets (4-1, 1-0 PAC-6 4A) got three rushing scores from Aaron McCullough, better known for being one of the area’s top linebackers, and punt returns for touchdown by Caleb Harrington and Corey Mitchell. East (1-5, 0-1) scored on a 13-yard run by Brater Gerber.
No. 8 Rocky Mount 38, Hoke County 7: The most trouble the Gryphons (5-1) had on Friday was getting there. The Bucks (1-5) are a four-hour round-trip from Rocky Mount.
No. 9 Southern Nash 42, Ayden-Grifton 14: The Firebirds (6-0) still haven’t allowed more than 16 points in a game this year. The Chargers (3-3) and many other teams including Southern Nash will have a bye week this Friday.
No. 10 West Johnston 35, Southeast Raleigh 14: Joey Lama’s two second-half touchdowns lifted the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Greater Neuse 4A) by the Bulldogs (3-3, 0-2). West forced five turnovers while Southeast got a 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Nick Thomas.
No. 11 Cardinal Gibbons: 5-0, idle.
No. 15 Wakefield 13, No. 12 Sanderson 0: The Wolverines (4-1, 1-0 Cap-8 4A) didn’t score on the Spartans (4-1, 0-1) until the fourth quarter, but that was enough to win this battle. Wakefield’s Andrew Bennett had two fumble recoveries. Matt McKay’s 56-yard touchdown run sealed the win.
No. 13 Fuquay-Varina 20, No. 20 Green Hope 6: The Bengals (5-1, 3-0 Southwest Wake 4A) outlasted the Falcons (3-3, 2-1) by racking up 319 yards on the ground with even distribution from Brycen Braswell (95), Tyrus Townsend (83) and Tyler Honeycutt (71).
No. 14 Millbrook 44, Enloe 10: The Wildcats (4-1, 1-0 Cap-8 4A) used a powerful rushing attack to race past Enloe (2-3, 0-1). Larry Rountree III scored five total touchdowns on the ground, with help from Chris Twitty (71 yards).
No. 16 Lee County 31, Northwood 7: The Yellow Jackets (5-0) were led by Jahmir Smith’s 29 carries for 239 yards and four touchdowns. Northwood (2-3) got its only touchdown and 116 rushing yards from Tyrell Baldwin.
No. 17 Bunn 52, Nash Central 36: Fullback Omar Rosa rushed for 195 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries as the Wildcats (5-1) defeated Nash Central (4-2). The Bulldogs were within 17-14 at the break thanks to an 80-yard TD run from Sharquez Tillery and a 59-yard touchdown pass from Travis Griffin to C.J. Pearce.
J.H. Rose 77, No. 18 D.H. Conley 67: The victorious Rampants (2-3, 1-0 Eastern Carolina 4A/3A) and visiting Vikings (3-3, 0-1) set new state records in points (144) and total yards (1,514) in one game.
No. 19 Clayton 33, Harnett Central 10: Austin Cagle threw for 294 yards and five touchdowns as Clayton (5-1, 2-0 Greater Neuse 4A) won its fifth straight. Devin Carter caught four of Cagle’s TD passes and finished with 141 receiving yards. Macaleb Robertson caught the other scoring pass for the Comets. Quarterback Mai’Son Adams scored the lone touchdown for the Trojans (1-5, 1-1).
No. 21 Triton 29, Lumberton 25: The Hawks (4-1) won their fourth straight game after downing the Pirates (2-3).
No. 22 Southern Lee 24, Douglas Byrd 0: The Cavaliers (4-1, 1-0 Cape Fear Valley 3A) kicked off conference play with an easy win over the Eagles (0-6, 0-1).
Cleveland 54, No. 23 South Granville 39: The Rams (3-3) upended the Vikings (4-2) thanks to more than 600 yards of total offense. Tyson Dew ran for 264 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
No. 24 Person 29, Jordan 17: The Rockets (5-1, 1-0 PAC-6 4A) were led by Tyrique Wright (202 yards rushing, two TDs) and Fred Harris (121 rushing) as they defeated the Falcons (0-5, 0-1).
No. 25 C.B. Aycock: 4-1, idle.